Srinagar: If the on-going conflict has gone to commoner’s head, the security men have also lost their nerves. Data furnished by Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS) reveals that suicide and fratricidal incidents rather than militant attacks killed more security men since January this year.
A total of 41 security men got killed since January. Seventeen committed suicide, seven died in fratricidal incidents and fifteen others were killed in encounters with the militants across Jammu Kashmir, the data reveals.
Those who committed suicide include ten army men including a JCO, 2 BSF men and 5 CRPF personnel, the data said.
Curiously all the soldiers who died in fratricidal incidents were army men. No such incident has been reported from BSF or the CRPF this year. However, the data from 2011-2013 reflects the disturbed state of mind of the CRPF and BSF men. Fratricide is no Greek to these forces.
Three CRPF men got killed in an incident of fratricide in Kulgam on December 25, 2011. In 2013 11 soldiers of BSF and CRPF were killed in such incidents. These include three soldiers from a Kishtwar camp. The soldiers were sleeping in the camp when their colleague opened fire and killed them. The incident happened in May 2013.
The experts ascribe reasons for increased suicides and fratricidal incidents to continued deployment in hostile conditions, denial of leave and recreation. A local news gathering agency says that the concerned authorities intend to take measures to address the problem.
Anshu Gupta, a psychiatric social expert, in his paper titled, “Stress in Indian Army: A Psychological Perspective of Present Scenario & Needs says feeling of guilt and the fear of getting killed or wounded wreak havoc with the psychology of the soldier. According to him, the fear of getting killed is the most common fear that engulfs a soldier.
Other reasons according to him are loss of contact, loss of individual freedom, loneliness and comparison with counterparts.